As someone with a lil bit of dentist experience, I’d recommend you NEVER go see Dr Adam again. He’s easily one of the worst in town, which is why his rates are so cheap. I had to get x-rays at his clinic last year, and when I walked in, I thought I had entered an episode of the Twilight Zone, everything was so old and out of date compared to the other dentists I’d been too before. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about his practice, from a lot of people that weren’t exactly impressed by his work. I’m guessing you weren’t impressed either, or you wouldn’t be asking about other dentists.
I’d also recommend not going to see Dr Lindley, as he single handedly was responsible for the $6000 orthodontic treatment I’m in the midst of now. He tried to take my wisdom teeth out without telling me first, and then tried to actually hold me down in the chair when I tried to get up to leave once I realised what he was trying to do. Needless to say I never went back to him. His rates are pretty steep too… just look at how many toys he has.
After Dr Lindley, I saw Dr Ian MacMillan, and he was awesome… but then he left town. So now I’ve seen Dr Redmond for checkups and extractions, and he’s been great. The only sucky thing about Redmond is that it will take you at least 3 months to get an appointment, unless it’s an emergency, then it might only take a week.
I’ve been told Goljak is pretty good too… and a lot easier to get an appointment at, so maybe that’s your best bet?
But if you ever need orthodontic treatment… Dr Keith Corbett is the BOMB yo!
Oh yeah… and about what foods to eat, and how to look after yourself: take any pain reliever or anti-inflammatory meds they gave you, and take it easy for a bit. Don’t ever drink out of a straw, or brush the extraction areas with your toothbrush, until they are COMPLETELY healed over. You can use a baby-medicine syringe full of water to flush any food out of the hole, and don’t stick a pick or anything else into the hole, or you might disrupt the blood clot, and get dry socket… which trust me… you don’t want. Ice packs work well to keep the swelling down too.
I’d stick to soft, mushy foods for a few days, or until you get sick of them. I ate boring ass food for the first 3 months of braces, and I hated it. But with enough variety, it’s not all that bad if you find things you like. Oatmeal, soup, pudding, ice cream, protein shakes, yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes or yams, apple sauce, canned fruit etc etc etc. I’d be really leary of eating anything sharp or pointy, like chips or popcorn for a few weeks, they can jab in your gums, and won’t be worth the pain.
If you have any more questions, just pm me, I’ll help you out.